August 10, 2017 Subject:
"Since You Went Away"
Not only did Fritz Kreisler recorded pieces of the Classical genre. but he also recorded songs from different genres. John McCormack (1884-1945) was an Irish tenor who is remembered today for his lyricism. McCormack made his Italian debut in 1906 and after his London debut in 1907 became an international sensation. His focus moved to recital repertoire and sentimental popular songs for recitals and recordings in 1918 (https://www.biography.com/people/john-mccormack-9391201). McCormack's final note (that is a B-flat sung on falsetto) is a beautiful representation of how his sensitive, lyrical voice swooned audiences and listeners. it's a perfect match for Kreisler's violin as Kreisler also had a very sensitive, lyrical sound as well as having this very intimate approach to his music. Kreisler's recordings are already rare to begin with and this recording is indeed a beautiful recording to listen to.
Date source: https://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/8392727